In the current study, we investigate how Latinx whether and why Latinx student achievement growth is lower in rural counties compared to urban counties. We also explore whether instances of lower Latinx achievement growth in rural areas is due to white flight. Using data from the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), our study builds on literatures on new immigrant destinations as well as racial group competition and perceived threat. Preliminary findings indicate that Latinx students have lower achievement growth in rural schools compared to urban schools, and white flight only explains part of the difference in Latinx achievement by urban location.
Presented in Session 98. The Changing Demography of Rural Areas